High Society

Class barriers threaten the budding romance of two young lovers striving to realize their artistic ambitions.


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  • ★★★½ review by Sarah Salovaara on Letterboxd

    Agree with Taubin's writeup (artforum.com/film/id=50440) that this bears a similar classist preoccupation with a doomed romance as in Blue is the Warmest Color, to a far more subtle, delicate degree. It could, however, benefit from a more involving central character, rather than an insular projection.

  • ★★★½ review by Aukerr on Letterboxd

    A delicate, sensitive and sensual French film about two young artists finding their way as they begin their careers. The premise is intriguing and the photography is stunning, but the plot doesn't live up to its potential. The ambiguity was not the pleasurable kind of a top class arthouse film like Fellini's 8 1/2, but more of a confusing, teasing one. This film could have maintained its artfulness while having a tighter plot. Also, a bit less sex would have done it well. There were many interesting strings that, unfortunately weren't tied up. Nevertheless, it was an enjoyable film directed with admirable sensitivity and strong acting by the main cast.

  • ★★★½ review by Filipe Furtado on Letterboxd

    Pretty good coming of age French drama by Julie Lopes-Curval (a previous Camera D'or winner whose hasn't got as much attention for her later films than she probably deserves). It has a great eye for social theatre in a film whose drama is mostly predicted on passive aggrsiveness desguised as good manners. It is a classic trainwreck narrative in which one just sit and waits to see how bad things will eventually turn out to the lead (a young working classwoman who gets sponsorship by a rich family to attend fashion school and then starts an affair with their slight older son). The commentary can be a bit to blunt on spots and it is ironivcally more at home at bourgeois table. It also very well observed with a very good eye for sets and clothes. Central relationship has a rich matter of fact quality to it. Great cinematography by Celine Bozon as usual.

  • ★★★½ review by Ben Hecking on Letterboxd

    A surprising little film and one that benefits from good photography and a superb central one from the beautiful Ana Girardot.

    Having said that, something didn't quite connect for me and I found myself questioning some of the choices (directorial, script and performance) and It was a brave decision to leave the ending so open.

    Watched on a flight to Tokyo.

  • ★★★★ review by Kenneth Morefield on Letterboxd

    A TIFF favorite.

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